You’ll find us in Howick, 
East Auckland, New Zealand                               (09) 576 9506                                                          

Open every day
from 10am to last admission 4pm
(unless advised differently)

You’ll find us in Howick,
East Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Experience our living historical village

    Walk through our front gate of our Living Museum and step into the pages of a colonial history book. Explore the early settlement of Howick as it was in the mid to late 1800s. Open the doors of real homes and experience living history for yourself.  See how the early settlers would have lived as they went about their daily activities.
    Better still, come along to one of our Live Days and interact with costumed villagers –perhaps chat with a Fencible soldier, or play an old time game of hoops with the kids. Explore the heritage garden, have a picnic on the lawn or relax with home-style food and coffee in our cafe. And please ask questions of our volunteers on site. We love to share our knowledge of local history.

Why visitors love to come to our Historical Village

  • Live Days

    Experience village life in 19th Century New Zealand. Interact with villagers in period costumes as they go about daily tasks, play Victorian era children’s games, perhaps watch Fencible soldiers go through their drills, or enjoy a marching band.

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  • School Visits

    Kids, it’s time to put down your cellphone and pick up the chalk! Our school visitors get to experience interactive classroom learning in the 1840-1880 period.

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  • Weddings

    Live in the 21st century, but get married in the finery and elegance of the 19th Century.

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Great Morse Code!

..– ..- -. is how to send fun in morse code. Having to decode messages was a great experience and the kids all enjoyed themselves learning how to read messages by morse, braille and semaphore!”

St. Johns BB Holiday Programme

We all had fun!

“We all had fun! Thank you for the day. Very well organised. Still my favourite school trip to come on!”

Manurewa Central School

Really great!

“A very friendly, efficient and useful delivery of information. A great facility and resource for learning. Thank you to your friendly staff.”

Murrays Bay Intermediate

Upcoming Events

  • Live Day
  • The Grounds
  • The Buildings
  • Inside the Buildings

Celebrate your event in our historical surroundings

  • Brindle Cottage

    Built in 1852, this small one room cottage with connecting room and kitchen is the ideal space for birthday parties and social events.


  • Buildings & Grounds

    The grass lawns throughout the village provide a peaceful venue for weddings and functions. The pond and rustic cottages provide a picturesque backdrop for photographs.


  • Historic Bell House

    It may have been built in 1851 but this authentic Victorian homestead has all the facilities and  technology you need for a 21st Century meeting, function, wedding, seminar or exhibition.

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  • Historic Church

    Get married in in our 1867 church. Painted white walls and wooden pews create the perfect setting for those wedding memories and photos.


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Make a day of it

icon time blueOpen every day
from 10am to 4pm
(last admission &
unless advised differently)


Where we are

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Howick Historical Village

Bells Road

Lloyd Elsmore Park



New Zealand